Anthony Rizzo Returning to Florida Alma Mater After Shooting | Def Pen
Anthony Rizzo
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On Wednesday, February 14th, there was a school shooting in Parkland, Florida leaving 17 dead and 14 more wounded. The country went into grieving and more questions than answers flew around but for Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo, the tragedy hit home on another level.

Anthony Rizzo graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2007. After arriving at Spring Training in Mesa, Arizona, Rizzo turned around and headed back to Florida to show support at his alma mater for the victims and their families.

The World Series Champion first baseman elected to leave camp with permission from the Chicago Cubs to come and support the community and all those affected by this tragedy. The Cubs granted him this opportunity given Rizzo’s close connection to the community including Football Coach Aaron Feis who was killed shielding the other students. He knew the coach and remains in close ties with others from this school and he even took batting practice at the school in the offseason.

In 2017, Rizzo was elected as the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award for his community involvement and contributions off the field. The circumstances that Rizzo is returning to Parkland for are not the greatest but it is awesome to see Rizzo is going to support the community he grew up in.

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